Assertio Therapeutics, Inc.

Director, Scientific Communications

Lake Forest, IL, United States
Apr 27, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Dir. Scientific Communications oversees all aspects of Medical and Scientific communication deliverables for Depomed, including scientific platforms, publication planning and execution, medical information, and review of medical and promotional materials. They serve as a key cross-functional partner and collaborator both within Medical Affairs, and across the business, and represent the medical perspective on brand and other strategic teams. They lead development of congress strategy and planning, including medical education, publications and booth development. This role oversees and manages all vendors critical to the execution of these deliverables, while remaining fully accountable to the development and delivery of high quality, compliant and aligned communications. This position is for an independent, proactive, experienced scientist who will be supervising and interacting with many vendors including medical communication agencies and our outsourced call centers. This role will collaborate closely with external authors and external experts in therapeutic areas of strategic importance to Depomed, requiring effective communication and execution with the goal of driving successful publications and other communication deliverables for Depomed.

  • Lead the cross functional development of scientific communications platforms for all assets of strategic importance to Depomed
  • Participate on brand and other strategic teams, to ensure alignment and support of scientific communications priorities
  • Lead the establishment and execution of a team to oversee and drive execution of compliant publication plans and related writing needs
  • Develop and execute Medical Education plans as identified within the Medical Affairs strategic plan for an asset
  • Serve as the Medical Affairs lead for congress planning, including booth content development, and abstracts, posters, and slide decks preparation as needed
  • Oversee the review and approval of externally facing materials for both medical and commercial stakeholders
  • Lead the development of medical information and related standard response documents to support Depomed call center and Medical Information vendors
  • Partner with Director, Field Medical Affairs to ensure robust alignment and integration of scientific communications strategies and resources for high impact field medical communications
  • Identify data gaps and data analysis needs and lead post-hoc data mining efforts, working closely with internal or external clinical, statistical and pharmacovigilence resources to address these needs.
  • Develop and maintain robust relationships with external experts, investigators, authors and journal editors to support Depomed's publication priorities
  • Manage internal publication and knowledge management database and resources.

  • Develops strong internal relationships with the Medical, Commercial, Government Affairs and other externally facing organizations
  • Keeps abreast of current data, trends, medical knowledge, developments and advances in therapeutic areas of strategic importance to Depomed


  • PhD, PharmD or MD degree
  • Minimum 5 years relevant medical writing experience, focused on publications and/or medical information for a biotech/pharmaceutical, medical communications agency or CRO
  • Demonstrated experience in development and alignment of integrated scientific platforms, and pull through and alignment with key Medical Affairs deliverables

  • Deep understanding of the strategic role that scientific communications serves to support Depomed's education and communication priorities and requirements
  • Excellent writing, communication, project management, interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on several projects at once while balancing multiple and overlapping timelines
  • Demonstrated abilities in both collaboration with others and independent work
  • Knowledge of Good Publication Practices, ICJME guidelines and all other aspects of executing compliant communications
  • Computer proficiency and an understanding of relevant publication and scientific communications technologies.

  • Therapeutic Area Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Networking
  • Relationship Building
  • Influence

  • Sitting: 90%
  • Ability to travel 20%
  • Standing and Walking: 10%
  • Able to communicate with individuals utilizing a phone requiring ability to hear and speak effectively

About Us


Depomed is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company committed to putting the Patient First in everything we do; with a focus on enhancing the lives of patients, families, physicians, providers and in payors through commercialization of products in the areas of pain and neurology, and developing drugs in areas of unmet medical needs.

Depomed currently markets three medicines focused on neuropathic pain and migraine through its Neurology and Pain Business and has an emerging Specialty Business focused on orphan drug indications and areas of unmet medical need.

Depomed has a clear THREE PILLAR strategy for growth:

MAINTAIN a strong/profitable NUCYNTA franchise through a commercialization agreement with Collegium, GROW the Neurology and Pain Business and BUILD a new Specialty Business through a recent Cosyntropin transaction. The company's strategy is to continue to identify, license and develop new products-that offer enhanced therapeutic options to patient populations that may be underserved by existing therapies.

As part of the transformation strategy, Depomed will be relocating its headquarters to northern Chicago, Illinois. Additional information about location will be shared during the interview process.

Depomed is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer